Australia's most recent Victoria Cross recipient has put a collection of medals on display at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Corporal Daniel Keighran has eight medals on show in the War Memorial's Hall of Valour, including his Victoria Cross.

He was after he broke cover during a three-hour gun fight in Afghanistan to draw enemy fire away from his unit, which was treating an injured soldier.

Corporal Keighran is the third Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, after it replaced the British or Imperial Victoria Cross in 1991.

Corporal Keighran says lending the Memorial his Victoria Cross is a very proud moment.

"The Memorial has an extraordinary collection of Australian military history and I am very pleased that my medial is now here on display," he said.

Corporal Keighran says it is important to acknowledge the Australian soldiers still putting themselves in danger every day in Afghanistan.

"I want them to be aware what the troops are actually doing," he said.

"We are still in Afghanistan and some people forget that, so I think it's important that they're reminded.

"By coming here and seeing it I think that's one step, to see the involvement and the good work that is still going on."

Corporal Keighran is now enjoying civilian life, but says he has stayed on as a member of the Australian Army Reserve.

"I'm still working, [I'm] working in the mines out of Kalgoorlie," he said.

"I've just come off seven days of night shifts, so I've got seven days off, and then back into it again Tuesday.

"Things haven't really changed work wise, I'm just doing a little bit more travel now."